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Teach us to submit ourselves to Thy chastenings, believing Thy love in them all. Thou hast given us Christ, and in Him eternal life. Oh, how can we think Thou wouldst withhold from us anything else if it were good for us! Lord, let us not choose for ourselves. Choose Thou for us in Thy wisdom and love, and let our hearts approve Thy choice. Be Thou our portion, our light, and our joy in Christ Jesus. Help us ever watchfully to cherish a meek and quiet spirit, ever looking unto Him who was meek and lowly of heart, that we may find rest unto our souls.
- Unattributed Author, Hall's Family Prayers
"A little way!"--this sentence I repeat,
Hoping and longing to extract some sweet
To mingle with the bitter; from Thy hand
I take the cup I cannot understand,
And in my weakness give myself to Thee.
Sanctified afflictions are an evidence of our adoption: we do not prune dead trees to make them fruitful, nor those which are planted in a desert; but such as belong to the garden, and possess life.
Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty.
- Hosea Ballou
Resignation is a daily suicide.
- Honore de Balzac
Resignation is the name of the angel who carries most of our soul's burdens.
- James Lendall Basford
Wait, then, my soul! submissive wait,
Prostrate before His awful seat;
And 'mid the terrors of His rod,
Trust in a wise and gracious God!
- Benjamin Beddome
It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it.
- Henry Ward Beecher
And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.
- Bible, I Samuel (ch. III, v. 18)
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
- Bible, II Samuel (ch. XII, v. 23)
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
- Bible, Job (ch. I, v. 20-21)
And I said in underbreath--
All our life is mixed with death,--
And who knoweth which is best?
And I smiled to think God's greatness
Flowed around our incompleteness,--
Round our restlessness, His rest.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I cannot feel
That all is well, when dark'ning clouds conceal
The shining sun;
But then I know
God lives and loves; and say, since it is so,
"Thy will be done.
I cannot speak
In happy tones; the tear drops on my cheek
Show I am sad;
But I can speak
Of grace to suffer with submission meek,
Until made glad.
- F.G. Browning
We are to take no counsel with flesh and blood; give ear to no vain cavils, vain sorrows and wishes; to know that we know nothing, that the worst and cruelest to our eyes is not what it seems, that we have to receive whatsoever befalls us as sent from God above, and say, "It is good and wise,--God is great! Though He slay me, yet I trust in Him." Islam means, in its way, denial of self. This is yet the highest wisdom that heaven has revealed to our earth.
- Thomas Carlyle
Our nature is like the sea, which gains by the flow of the tide in one place what it has lost by the ebb in another. A man may acquiesce in the method which God takes to mortify his pride; but he is in danger of growing proud of the mortification.
- Richard Cecil
Valincourt said, when his library was destroyed by fire, "A man must have profited very little by his books who has not learned how to part with them."
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin
To be resign'd when ills betide,
Patient when favours are denied,
And pleased with favours given;--
Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part,
That is that incense of the heart
Whose fragrance smells to heaven.
- Nathaniel Cotton, The Fireside (st. 11)
Give what thou canst, without Thee we are poor;
And with Thee rich, take what Thou wilt away.
- William Cowper, Task--Winter Morning Walk
(bk. V, last lines)
Fearless of fortune, and resigned to fate.
- John Dryden
Take what He gives, since to rebel is vain;
The bad grows better, which we well sustain;
And could we choose the time, and choose aright,
'Tis best to die, our honor at the height.
- John Dryden
The good we have enjoyed from Heaven's free will, and shall we murmur to endure the ill?
- John Dryden
I have been a great deal happier since I have given up thinking about what is easy and pleasant, and being discontented because I could not have my own will. Our life is determined for us; and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us and doing what is given us to do.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)
Act well your given part; the choice rests not with you.
Demand not that events should happen as you wish; but wish them to happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.
There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness; let this, therefore, be always ready at hand with thee, both when thou wakest early in the morning, and all the day long, and when thou goest late to sleep, to account no external things thine own, but to commit all these to God.
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